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Wednesday, March 8, 2023


Today we sit down for a chat with Samantha (Sam) Davies of the Samantha Davies Mysteries by author S.A. Kazlo. 

What was your life like before your author started pulling your strings?

Pretty ordinary. I co-own a funeral parlor with my ex., The Do Drop Inn Funeral Parlor, and am an aspiring author of a children's book featuring my dachshund, Porkchop. So, my days were spent either writing or helping manage the funeral parlor.


What’s the one trait you like most about yourself? 

Probably my loyalty to my family and friends. Unfortunately, it does get me in trouble at times. Like when they are being accused of murder.


What do you like least about yourself? 

Trying to please everyone. I have to know when to say "no" and that I can't make everyone happy.


What is the strangest thing your author has had you do or had happen to you? 

My author keeps having me find dead bodies. Geez, how many dead bodies do most people stumble over? I'm guessing zero, zilch.


Do you argue with your author? If so, what do you argue about? 

Usually, we get along pretty well, but there are times when she really bugs me. Like the time she had me and my cousin, who is quite the stunner, dress in disguise to get some dirt on a person we thought might be a murderer. Candie and I saw ourselves as a modern-day Cagney and Lacey, but my author decided to call me Myrtle. Myrtle—really?


What is your greatest fear? 

That's my problem. I should have a little more fear and then maybe I wouldn't walk into situations where I encounter murderers. My greatest fear though would be having anyone harm one of my loved ones.


What makes you happy? 

Spending time with my male main squeezes—my boyfriend, Detective Hank Johnson, and my pup, Porkchop. Also, my life is never dull when I'm hanging with my Southern Belle cousin, Candie Parker.


If you could rewrite a part of your story, what would it be? Why? 

Probably like a lot of women, I'd have opened my eyes sooner to the philandering ways of my ex.  I would have grown a backbone sooner and not let him put me down like he did for so many years. At least I finally wised up and scooped Porkchop up and left without a backward glance.


Of the other characters in your book, which one bugs you the most? Why? Sergeant Joe Peters of the Wings Falls Police Department. He's always trying to put me on the top of his suspect lists when there is a murder in town. We've been at odds since kindergarten. It wasn't my fault that one day at recess he peed in the sandbox. So, I told the teacher, big deal. Who wants to play in pee-soaked sand? Unfortunately, kids have a long memory and have called him "Sandy" ever since.


Of the other characters in your book, which one would you love to trade places with? Why? 

My cousin, Candie. I love Candie's outgoing and sometimes outrageous personality. She loves bling, having never found a rhinestone she doesn't love. She embraces life with both hands and loves the wild ride it gives her. 


Tell us a little something about your author. Where can readers find her website/blog? 

Like me, my author, Syrl Kazlo, writing as S.A. Kazlo lives in upstate New York. She lives with her husband and two lively dachshunds, near the Adirondack mountains. She's a retired schoolteacher and when not writing my tales, loves to hook, rug hook that is. Her website and blog can be found at www.sakazlo.com


What's next for you? 

My dear author has me at the Taste of Wings Falls Fair, that is taking place in my hometown of Wings Falls. A barbeque cookoff is being held at the Fair. Unfortunately, someone has tainted the offerings of one of my good friends and the owner of Sweetie Pie's CafĂ©, Franny Goodway. But that is the least of Franny's problems when she is accused of murdering the local bank's loan officer who Franny is trying to obtain a loan from. 


A Wedding Gone to the Dogs

A Samantha Davies Mystery, Book 3


Life for children's book author Samantha Davies seems to finally be going smoothly. She has a new boyfriend, the love of her faithful dachshund and star of her books, Porkchop, and wedding bells are even ringing for Sam's Southern Belle cousin, Candie Parker. After eleven engagements Candie has finally found Mr. Right in Mark Hogan, who is currently running for reelection as the Mayor of Wings Falls in small-town Upstate New York.


But when Candie hires Ex-FiancĂ© #1, Tommy, to repair her century-old purple Victorian home, disaster strikes. Instead of the perfect place for Candie and Mark to start their life as husband and wife, Candie finds Tommy dead—murdered with his own nail gun! Things only get worse when a few old racy pictures of Candie from when she and the victim were engaged surface, providing the police with the perfect motive for Candie to kill her ex.


With the police on the wrong trail, Sam isn't about to sit on the sidelines in this murder investigation—much to the dismay of Sam's boyfriend, Detective Hank Johnson. But it's up to Sam to make sure her cousin doesn't spend her honeymoon in the Wings Falls' poky. Will Sam find out who the murderer is so Porkchop can walk down the aisle as Candie's ringbearer? Or will the killer be saying "I do" to another victim... this time closer to home?


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